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Keeping Your Home Healthy

Posted by Rachel Karl

Sep 9, 2014

 

Many new homeowners or new parents hear about “home health.”  While we want to remain healthy and keep our family healthy - it can be a little bit of a mystery on how to keep your house healthy.  

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The idea of home health stems from maintaining a germ-free and mold-free environment.  This can be easier said than done (especially the germ-free part!)  But we can all strive to have a healthier home.  Here are five things you can do to maintain a healthy house:

1. Keep it mold-free.  The two factors that contribute to mold growth in a San Mateo home are trapped moisture and lack of ventilation.  This can be caused by many factors, ranging from a bad ventilation system to a leaky roof to poorly installed, damaged, or old siding.  

These can all be fixed pretty simply.  The best idea is to discover what is trapping moisture and stopping ventilation from your home and get that fixed before there is any mold.  Once mold creeps in, more actions have to be taking to abate the problem.

2. Clean!  We know, cleaning can be no fun.  In fact, it can be downright hard to keep a home clean when you’ve got kids and/or a career.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have a monthly deep clean where you get the kids involved.  Use environmentally and kid friendly cleaning products and assign tasks.  

  • Don’t have time each month for a big project?  Choose one location each week to give a really good scrub down - then do your normal maintenance actions throughout the week.

  • Don’t let dishes pile up.  They get smelly, attract bugs, and can lead to mold growth.

  • Clean out the pantry and give foods you aren’t going to use to a food drive.

  • Have the whole family clean out their closets and their rooms and give to charity.Sept 2014 Blog 2   2nd Pic

3. Open up your space.  This might be easier said than done.  Some homes just need a change of furniture or even a reduction of furniture to make fewer dust-bunny hide outs.  Others may need a remodel to make their space more efficient and healthier.

4.  Make sure areas that can leak - don’t leak.  This means checking out the roof, the gutters, your eaves, siding, the base of your home (where it meets the ground) and your home’s plumbing system.

5. Upgrade to energy efficient.  Some appliances like an ancient refrigerator may just be too old to get that mildewy smell to go away.  If this is the case, it’s time to upgrade to something new and energy efficient.  Think of it as taking a larger hit to your wallet one time in order to prevent huge hits each month in the form of your electricity bill.  Plus, being energy efficient will give you a smaller carbon footprint.  In that case - everybody wins!

What action do you take to keep your home healthy?  Let us know in the comments below!

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